Dyshawn Pierre at St. Bonaventure last season. David Jablonski/Staff
Four straight home games arrived at the perfect time for the Flyers. Following the dismissals of Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson, Dayton got to stay at home and regroup in the friendly confines of UD Arena.
Dayton 2.0, if you will, has been a rousing success, playing its best basketball of the season in victories over Boston, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Duquesne.
Will it maintain that level of play on the road? We’re about to find out.
Here’s a quick glance at the two games the Flyers play in the next three days:
1. Today: at St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m.
The Flyers (11-2) sit at No. 16 in the RPI today. Only No. 4 VCU is higher in the A-10. St. Bonaventure (8-4) is No. 158.
The Bonnies won 69-55 at UMass (No. 56 in RPI) in the last game but lost their two previous games: 82-82 at home to Maryland-Eastern Shore (No. 152) and 82-77 at Delaware (No. 316). That was the first and, so far, only victory all season for Delaware (1-12).
A story on that game from St. Bonaventure’s website:
The Blue Hens, who were 0-10 coming in, shot 54 percent from the field including 10-17 (58%) from three-point range.
The Bonnies led 63-54 with 9:12 left in the game when Delaware began to mount a comeback and St. Bonaventure went cold. The Blue Hens scored 12 unanswered points to take their first lead of the half at 66-63 with 6:01 remaining. The lead grew as large as six with 2:09 left, but the Bonnies fought back to make it a 75-74 game on a Dion Wright layup with 1:10 to play.
Delaware went ahead by four before Jaylen Adams converted a three-point play with 18 seconds left to again pull the Brown and White within one, but Delaware went 4-4 at the free throw line after that. Marcus Posley, who led the Bonnies with 22 points, got off a three-pointer that would have tied the game with four seconds left but it missed to the right.
St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt earned national press after the victory over UMass, but not for the reasons he probably wanted.
St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt’s phone buzzed incessantly after his team’s surprising 69-55 victory at UMass on Saturday, but most of the calls and texts had little to do with the game.
All Schmidt’s friends wanted to do was razz him about the nasty spill he took when his motorized scooter tipped over during the postgame handshake line.
“Nobody really asked if I was alright. They just laughed at me,” Schmidt said Monday with a chuckle. “I’m fine. It’s not the first time I’ve fallen off the scooter. It’s the third or fourth time. So my body is getting used to it.”
2. Saturday: at Fordham, 7 p.m.
Fordham (4-8) ranks dead last among A-10 teams in the RPI (222nd). This will be Fordham’s third game in seven days. It lost 75-58 at home to VCU on Sunday and lost 68-65 at Rhode Island on Wednesday.
Fordham played much better against Rhode Island.
From the AP:
E.C. Matthews scored 24 points and Hassan Martin added 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks as Rhode Island held off a late second-half comeback to beat Fordham 68-65 on Wednesday night.
Rhode Island (10-3, 2-0 Atlantic 10) stayed ahead in the final seconds after Jarvis Garrett plit a pair of free throws for a three-point lead. Fordham (5-8, 0-2) air-balled a 3-point attempt on the ensuing possession with 24.1 seconds remaining.
Fordham tied up the game at 64-all with two minutes left after trailing by 10 points midway through the second half. Both teams had shot above 50 percent from the floor in the first half, entering the break with Rhode Island up 35-31 after trailing early by eight points.
Guard Jon Severe, one of the top freshman in the conference a year ago, returned to the team for the VCU game. He took a month-long leave of absence for personal reasons. He scored nine points against VCU and four against Rhode Island.